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SWEET MEADOWS

By the 1950’s the Town of Kingston saw the growth of suburban life.  IBM became the driving force behind employment in the area.  With this growth came a need for housing.  The Sawkill Creek which had always been a problem with flooding became a bigger issue with the development of Sweet Meadows.   In 1981, the residents of Sweet Meadows, friends and neighbors from other parts of the town banded together to have a “rock picking party”.  This action drew some county-wide attention to the flooding problem and led to a clean out of the creek.  However, this did not solve the problem and some flooding still persists during heavy rains.  In 2015 the County began a Flood Prevention Project whereby a box culvert was installed to help direct water from the back creek into the Sawkill.  This has led to much better conditions during times of heavy rain.